Understanding Trailhead Talk
Before you hit the trail, become familiar with these hiking terms.
Backcountry vs. Frontcountry Campsite
A backcountry campsite requires you to get there on foot. A frontcountry site enables you to camp near your car.
This is a pile of stones, marking a route or landmark.
An incredibly handy device, it’s a
light attached to an elastic band that you wear on your head to see in the dark.
It’s a discrete word for outhouse or bathroom.
Switchbacks make a Z-shaped trail up a hill. Hiking them is easier than going straight up or down a steep hill.
Often marked by a sign, it’s the start of a trail.
It’s a steep rock face. In Yosemite, you’ll see climbers at the base of crags preparing to ascend them.
These are often found at campgrounds, supplying potable water.